I discovered Villagers in a church. Not a place markontour frequents or, indeed, expects to find enlightenment. But if religion is the opium of the people, then Villagers’ cover of Wichita Lineman is musical crack. Listen and remember why music is all the religion anyone needs.
A festival that I come home from feeling stimulated but relaxed. We were first attracted by the Caught By The River stage, and that is still the main draw, but there is also a cracking roster of book talks, great poets and comedians, the best festival food you are ever going to eat, beautiful grounds to enjoy, the Idler Academy for some casual education, and a bracing swim in the estuary to set yourself up for the day.